What Have They Got To Lose

“Terms and Conditions”, how many times do you actually read them when you’re signing up for another online anything, probably not often. When you consider the amount of time spent on social media platforms and the internet in general wouldn’t it be great if all those “Terms and Conditions” paragraphs were 1. Large enough to read and 2. Written in plain English.  Instagram agreed, well kind of, as they make them understandable even for a teenager.

Jenny Afia, a privacy lawyer and partner at Schillings law firm in London recently “translated” just what Instagram users are agreeing to. Prompted by her recent experience as a task force group member for “Growing Up Digital” convened by the Children’s Commissioner for England. Click this link to continue reading about the task force, and what they learned, such as one-third of Internet users are under 18 years old.

Instagram’s Terms of Use (in plain English)

You are responsible for any activity that occurs through your account and you agree you will not sell, transfer, license or assign your account, followers, username, or any account rights. With the exception of people or businesses that are expressly authorized to create accounts on behalf of their employers or clients, Instagram prohibits the creation of and you agree that you will not create an account for anyone other than yourself. You also represent that all information you provide or provided to Instagram upon registration and at all other times will be true, accurate, current and complete and you agree to update your information as necessary to maintain its truth and accuracy.

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